New service to protect vulnerable children and adults in Nottinghamshire

New service to protect vulnerable children and adults in Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV Central

A new service is being launched today to help to protect vulnerable children and adults in Nottinghamshire.

The County Council is working with Nottinghamshire Police's domestic violence and child protection units, as well as NHS specialists as part of the new service, called the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

More than 60 workers will become the first point of contact for people with concerns about vulnerable adults and children.

The Council's operations manager, Simon Holmes, says the multi-agency approach, which has been trialled by other local authorities, means that more preventative action can also be taken to protect those at risk.

Mr Holmes oversaw the implementation of the first such service in Devon and cited the following example as the type of case agencies will be able to deal with more efficiently by working together.

A dedicated phone number will be introduced, replacing a range of existing referral points.